Is it possible to estimate a light source wattage remotely?

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I'd like to know if it's possible to roughly estimate a light source wattage remotely, knowing the distance and perhaps estimating that at such a distance it's still above the minimum human recognizable threshold at night (in a light polluted area).

Maybe using a DSLR camera could help by checking on computer the value difference between "dark" (actually soil, which should still have some reflectange given by light pollution) and "light" pixel values?

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Yes it is ... this is how the power output of stars is figured out.
You need a decent model for how the source emits light, and some measure of how much light is arriving.
 

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